The evolution of numerals can be traced from Sarasvati (or Indus) numerals to Brahmi to modern international. Brahmi was used in India over 2000 years ago. What is called “HIndu” in the table refers to the standard Indian numerals after the symbol for zero came to be commonly used. The derivation of Brahmi numerals from the 4500 year old Sarasvati numerals is sketched in the paper by renowned Mr Subhas Kak at Department of Electronics Louisiana Stae University Baton Rouge, LA,
It is one of the most influential writing systems; all modern Indian scripts and several hundred scripts found in Southeast and East Asia are derived from Brahmi.
Rather than representing individual consonant (C) and vowel (V) sounds, its basic writing units represent syllables of various kinds (e.g. CV, CCV, CCCV, CVC, VC). Scripts which operate on this basis are normally classified as syllabic, but because the V and…
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